1976: 22-year-old hairdresser and singer, Kevin Rowland places an advert for musicians in the Birmingham
Evening Mail . Guitarist Mark Phillips replies to the advert and together with girlfriend Gil Weston (who he teaches
to play bass) they become 'Art-Rock' band, Lucy & The Lovers.
by the success of acts such as The Sex Pistols and The Clash, Kevin Rowland adopts a punkier sound and image for
the band (which now includes drummer, Lee Burton and backing vocalist, Heather Tonge) renaming them The Killjoys.
First studio session recorded in Cambridge: (tracks: Johnny Won't
Go To Heaven; Naive; At Night; Recognition).
July 15: Single,
"Johnny Won't Go To Heaven"/"Naive" released. It does not chart, but gains critical acclaim.
Burton leaves the band, while guitarist Keith Rimell and drummer Bob Peach are recruited.
October 18: Radio One session recorded for
John Peel (tracks: Naive; Back To Front; At Night; Recognition)
1978 February 13: Radio One session recorded for John Peel (tracks: Ghislaine; Spit On
Me; Smoke Your Own; All The Way)
Kevin Rowland sees guitarist Kevin Archer performing in local band,
The Negatives with Pete Williams and invites Archer to join The Killjoys.
June: Phillips, Weston and Peach leave The Killjoys and form new band Out Of Nowhere, featuring Michael Billingham
on keyboards. The Killjoys split shortly afterwards.
Dexys Midnight Runners formed by Kevin Rowland and Kevin
Archer who place adverts for musicians in the Birmingham Evening Mail . Bassist Pete Williams, organ-player Pete Saunders and
drummer John Jay are amongst the first recruits. Following a lengthy audition process, they are eventually joined by sax players
Geoff Blythe and Steve Spooner along with trumpeter Jeff Kent.
Paterson travels from the north of Scotland to Birmingham to audition as the group's trombone player. The group spend
the next few months rehearsing solidly.
December: @ Dudley,
Hen & Chickens (Debut gig)
Dexys record their first demo tapes with recordings of "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green",
"Don't Come Any Closer"(a.k.a ."I'm Just Looking") and the never-released "It's Up To You".
1979: Dexys start performing regularly at small venues in and around Birmingham
May: Billy Adams meets Kevin Rowland at an early Dexys gig.
May 18: @ Birmingham, Imperial Hotel
July 21: @ Camden, Electric Ballroom (sharing the bill with The Specials, Madness and The Selector)
Rhodes becomes the group's manager offering them a distribution deal with his own Oddball Records. Bobby
"Junior" Ward - drummer with Subway Sect (also managed by Rhodes) replaces John Jay.
August 8: @ Birmingham, Romulus (+ support
act - Joy Division)
November: Dexys are invited to join The Specials and The Selector on a 'Two Tone Tour',
replacing Madness who have left after signing to Stiff Records:
November 15: @ Carlisle,
November 16: @ Leeds, University
November 17: @ Loughborough, University
November 18: @ Bristol, Locarno
November 21: @ Liverpool, Mountford Hall
November 22: @ Dublin, Olympic Ballroom
November 23: @ Belfast, University
November 25: @ London, Lyceum
November 26: @ Hemel Hempstead, Pavilion
November 28: @ Cleethorpes, Winter Gardens
November 29: @ Coventry, Tiffanys
Debut single, "Dance Stance" released.
December: Andy Leek and Andy Growcott (a.k.a. 'Stoker') join Dexys replacing Pete Saunders and Bobby Jnr.
December 21: @
December 27: @
Camden, Electric Ballroom
1980 January 6: @ London, Marquee
on 38-date "Straight To The Heart" tour:
January 19: @ Aylesbury, Friars. "Dance Stance" enters British chart.
January 25: @ Camden, Music
January 28: @ Edinburgh, Tiffany's
January 29: @ Perth, City Hall
January 30: @ Glasgow, Technical
January 31: @ Aberdeen, Fusion
February 1: @ St. Andrews,
University (Craig and Charlie Reid attend this gig and are inspired to form their
own group, The Proclaimers)
February 3: @ Dundee, University
February 4: @ Aberystwyth,
February 5: @ Shrewsbury,
February 6: @
February 7: @ Canterbury, University
February 8: @ Stafford, North Staffordshire Polytechnic
February 9: @ Huddersfield, Polytechnic. "Dance Stance" peaks at Number 40 in British Chart. (Dexys make their debut appearance on "Top of the Pops")
February 10: @ Norwich, University
of East Anglia
February 11: @ Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Tyffany's
February 12: @ Nuneaton, 77 Club
February 13: @ Sheffield, Polytechnic
February 14: @ Coventry,
February 15: @ Kidderminster,
February 16: @
Middlesborough, Rock Garden
February 18: @ Swansea, Circles
@ Cardiff, Top Rank
February 20: @ Bristol, Romeo & Juliet's
February 21: @ Penzance, Demalzas
February 22: @ Bath, University
February 23: @
February 25: @ Oldham, Queen Elizabeth Hall
February 26: @ Leicester, University.
Radio 1 Session recorded (Tracks: "Geno", "Breakin' Down The Walls of Heartache", "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green" and
February 27: @ Birmingham,
February 28: @ Keele, University
February 29: @ Brighton, Top Rank
February ??: "Geno"/"Breakin' Down The Walls of Heartache" single recorded. ("Dance Stance" remixed at same session. "Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply"
also recorded at this time)
March 1: @ Camden, Electric Ballroom
March 2: @ Bournemouth, Stateside Centre
March 4: @ Hull, University
March 6: @ Coleraine, New University of Ulster
March 7: @ Belfast, Queen's University
March 8: @ Dublin,
March 22: "Geno" enters British chart.
Pete Saunders returns to Dexys.
May 3: "Geno" reaches Number 1 in British chart.
May 10: Record
Mirror announces that Andy Leek has left Dexys.
May 17: Dexys
reply that Leek had actually left at the end of March but waited until Geno was topping the charts before announcing his departure.
He coincidentally had a single 'out in few weeks'.
Dexys begin their mammoth "Intense Emotion Review" tour:
June 10: @ Portsmouth,
June 11: @ Canterbury, Odeon
June 12 : @ Pier Pavillion, Hastings
June 13: @ Brighton,
June 14: @ Dunstable, Queensway
June 15: @ Sheffield, Top Rank
June 16: @ Doncaster, Rotters
June 17: @ Coventry, Tiffanys
June 18: @ Norwich, University of East Anglia
June 20: @ Penzance, Dermelzas
June 21: @ Exeter, University
June 22: @ Bristol, Locarno
June 23: @ Swindon, Brunel Rooms
June 24: @ Reading, University
June 25: @ Loughborough, University
June 26: @ Newcastle, Mayfair
June 27: @ Ayr, Pavilion
June 29: @ Glasgow, Tiffanys
June 30: @ Edinburgh, Tiffanys
July: Several planned
tour dates, including Wigan Casino and Guildford Civic are replaced with dates at venues better-suited to Dexys'
July 2: @ London, Hornsey Town Hall
July 3: @ Blackburn, King George's Hall
July 4: @ Stoke, King's Hall
July 5: @ Bradford, King George's Hall
July 7: @ Merthyr Tydfil, Tythe Ballroom
July 8: @ Swansea, Top Rank
July 9: @ Derby, Assembly Rooms
July 10: @ Cleethorpes, Winter Gardens
July 11: @ Manchester, New Century Hall
July 12: "There There My Dear" enters British chart.
July 13: @ Cardiff, Top Rank
July 14: @ Stafford, Top Of The World
July 15: @ Hatfield, Forum
July 16: @ Liverpool, Original Club
July 17: @ Birmingham, Gay Tower Ballroom
July 18: @ Birmingham, Cedar Club ("under 18's")
July 19: @ Oxford, New Theatre
July 20: @ Ashington, Regatta Marquee
July 23: @ Galway, Seapoint
July 24: @ Sligo, Baymount
July 25: @ Tralee, Cyms
July 26: "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" enters British album chart.
July 29: @ Dublin, Mansion House
July 30: @ Dundalk, Imperial
July 31: @ Belfast, Ulster Hall
August ??: Dexys make their first appearance
in the U.S.A. playing a couple of nights at 'Hurrahs' in New York.
August 2: "There There My Dear" peaks at Number 7 in British Chart.
August 6: Dexys announce they will
no longer be giving interviews and that they intend to communicate directly with their fans through essays.
Dexys embark on a lengthy European tour with new recruit Mick Talbot on keyboards.
August 17: @ Groningen Sterrebos (Holland)
October 8: @ Berlin, S.O. 36
October 9: @ Hamburg,
October 10: @ Herford,
Scala. Dexys also appear on Granada TV show, "Wilson's World of Pop", interviewed (in a caff) by presenter Tony Wilson.
October 13: @ Hannover,
October 14: @ Dusseldorf,
November 7: Dexys
split. Williams, Blythe, Spooner, Talbot and Stoker leave to form The Bureau.
13: Smash Hits announces that Seb Shelton has left Secret
Affair. He subsequently joins Dexys.
17: "Keep It - Part Two" released.
line-up of Midnight Runners recruited by Rowland, Archer, Paterson and Shelton. Saxophonists Paul Speare and Brian
Maurice are joined by keyboard player Micky Billingham and bassist Steve Wynne.
New-look Dexys perform "Geno" on
"Top of the Pops" Christmas special.
1981 January: Kevin
Archer leaves Dexys to form The Blue Ox Babes. He is replaced by Billy Adams. The new line-up rehearse in a disused theatre for their planned
tour, provisionally entitled "The Open Heart Revue".
"Plan B" / "Soul Finger" single recorded.
March 9: "Plan B" released (against the group's wishes).
March 21: "Plan B" enters British chart, peaking at number 58.
Dexys leave E.M.I., having discovered a loop-hole in their original contract. Without
record company support they are forced to cancel most of the planned shows on their "Projected Passion Revue" tour.
April 9: @ Birmingham,
April 13: @ Chelmsford, Odeon
April 17: @ London, Dominion Theatre
May 5 (9-45pm): Dexys
appear on BBC2 'alternative comedy' show "Boom Boom... Out Go The Lights" starring Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer and Alexei
Sayle. They perform "Plan B" and "Soul Finger".
June: Dexys sign to Phonogram before embarking
on a two-week tour of Europe, including the Hamar Festival in Norway, some shows in Stockholm and several appearances at open-air
festivals in Holland.
June 27: @
Bussem, (West Germany)
June 30: @ Brouwershaven, (Holland)
"Radio 1 Sessions
" recorded (tracks: "Spiritual Passion", "Let's Make This Precious", "Your Own" and "Until I Believe In My Soul").
July 11: "Show Me" enters British chart.
August 16: @ Nottingham - Theatre Royal
- The show is filmed and an edited version of it is later broadcast
on ITV show "Video Sounds".
August 17: @ Edinburgh, Coasters
Dexys travel to Portugal to take part in the Avante festival, performing
in front of crowds of 5000!
September 1: Micky Billingham reveals in the
group's latest news-letter that the next single entitled "Your Own" will be released very shortly.
Giorgio Kilkenny replaces Steve Wynne on bass guitar just in time to perform on the new
single, now retitled "Liars A To E" and featuring Speare, Maurice and Paterson on Viola and cellos instead of their familiar
November 13: @ London, Old Vic
November 14: @ London, Old Vic
November 15: @ London, Old Vic
1982 January: Violin
player, Helen Bevington from Birmingham School of Music rehearses with Dexys as they experiment with a new "Celtic Soul" sound. She introduces
fellow students, Steve Shaw and Roger Huckle to the group and the trio (renamed Helen O'Hara, Steve Brennan and Roger MacDuff)
become known as 'The Emerald Express'.
Big Jimmy Paterson and Brian Maurice leave Dexys, feeling that their role in the group has diminished
since the arrival of the fiddle section. Paul Speare remains with the group for another few weeks.
March 21: "Celtic Soul Brothers" (featuring 'The Emerald Express') enters the British chart, peaking at number 45.
Big Jimmy Paterson and Brian Maurice agree to return to the group on a session basis to complete
the album sessions.
"Too-Rye-Ay" (provisional title "Hey, Where You Going With That Suitcase") recorded"
April: Record Mirror states that
a new Dexys album entitled "Where You Going With That Suitcase?" will be released in July.
June 6: Brass section return
for one last wild waltz, performing at a one-off concert: "Radio 1 Live in Concert" recorded @ Newcastle, Exhibition Park.
June 19th: In
its first week of release "Come On Eileen" fails to chart and is listed as 'bubbling under' the top 75 for 2 weeks running.
July 4: "Radio 1 session" recorded (tracks: "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You
Smile)"; "Let's Make This Precious"; "All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz)"; "Old" (The
session features Mark Walters on trombone and new saxophonist Nick Gatfield.)
End July: "Too-Rye-Ay" released.
Giorgio Kilkenny leaves Dexys and is replaced on bass by Johnny Edwards.
August 7: "Come On Eileen" reaches number 1 in British chart (... just in time
for Eddie-Metal's 22nd birthday celebrations)
Dexys consolidate their new-found success by commencing "The Bridge" tour, accompanied
by new-recruits, Spike Edney on trombone and saxophonist Kevin Gilson.
September 26: @ Glasgow, Pavilion
September 27: @ Edinburgh, Usher Hall
September 28: @ Newcastle, City Hall
September 30: @ Manchester, Tameside Theatre
October 1: @ Southport Theatre
October 2: @ LLandudno, Astra Theatre; "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)" enters British chart.
October 3: @ Birmingham, Hippodrome
October 5: @ Coventry, Apollo
October 6: @ Cardiff, St David's Hall
October 7: @ Poole, Arts Centre
October 9: @ London, Shaftesbury Theatre
October 10: @ London, Shaftesbury Theatre (filmed for video release)
Dexys embark on an extensive European tour (including...)
October 27: @ Haarlem, (Holland)
October 29: @ Hamburg,
November 5: @ Hamburg, Audiomax
13: @ Paris, Eldorado
@ Berlin, Germany
December 3: Dexys appear on Channel 4's "The Tube" giving a remarkable performance of "There There My Dear". They also perform
"Let's Get This Straight", "Celtic Soul Brothers" and "Plan B" (which is cut short by the end of the show.)
December 3: Dexys appear on BBC2 programme,
"Oxford Road Show" performing "Kevin Rowland's Band", "Let's Get This Straight" and "Celtic Soul Brothers".
December 26: Dexys perform Slade's "Merry Christmas, Everybody" and
"Let's Get This Straight" on ITV Christmas special, "Christmas Goes Pop".
1983 February: Dexys embark
on their first American tour with new-recruit, Bob Noble taking over on keyboards from the departed Billingham. A concert performed
at the New York Savoy is recorded for US release.
April 16: "Rockpalast" live TV broadcast recorded @ Essen, Germany
April 17: @ Paris, Casino de Paris
April 18: @ Paris, Casino de Paris
April 23: "Come On Eileen" reaches number 1 in the American
May: Dexys embark on a second tour of America to capitalise
on the success of "Come On Eileen" and "Too-Rye-Ay":
this tour the group takes time out to start developing ideas for the next album.
September/October: Dexys begin demo-ing material for their next album, including new composition "What's She Like."
1984 February: Vincent Crane joins Dexys after seeing an advert for a "bluesy-hard
piano player" in Melody Maker. Mick Bolton also auditions for the group which is now a nucleus of Kevin Rowland,
Billy Adams, Helen O'Hara and Nicky Gatfield.
April/May: Dexys spend four
weeks recording at Mountain Studios in Montreaux, with Rowland, Adams, O'Hara, Gatfield and Crane joined by
previous Dexys members Johnny Edwards, Bob Noble and original trombonist Jimmy Paterson, alongside Wilson Pickett's regular
drummer, Crusher Green.
"I Love You (Listen To This)" recorded. ("Reminisce Part Two" also believed to have been
recorded at this time)
June/July: Crane , Edwards and Green are
replaced by Mick Bolton, Trevor Burton and Mick Woodmansey as album rehearsals and recording sessions continue back in England.
"Elizabeth Wimpole & Kathleen Ni Houlihan" (a.k.a. The Waltz"), "Kevin
Rowland's 13th Crime" and "The Way You Look Tonight" recorded along with unreleased recordings "What She's Like", "One Of
Those Things", "I'll Put It Right With Thirst" and "Dave" (a.k.a. "Knowledge of Beauty").
August: Original release date for new album postponed as recording continues at studios in Kensington.
September: Crane and Edwards return to the group replacing Bolton and Burton, as the entire
album is re-recorded with new drummer Tim Dancy. The line-up is augmented by Julian Littman on Mandolin and steel gutar player
Released versions of "This Is What She's Like", "The Occasional
Flicker", "Knowledge Of Beauty" and "One Of Those Things" recorded.
December: Rescheduled release date for new album postponed .
1985 January: 'Smash Hits' announces that it has heard "rough mixes" of the new Dexys album, stating
that Kevin Rowland has "gone a bit Rock 'n' Roll".
February 1: Mixing
of the album begins in New York's Electric Ladyland studios.
August 17: A wordless,
full-page advert depicting Kevin Rowland in a suit and tie appears in both Melody Maker and N.M.E.
August 23: Dexys' scheduled headline
appearance on a five-hour Channel 4 special, 'The Big Tube' is cancelled when the programme is
scrapped at the last minute due to industrial action at Tyne Tees studios.
September 13: "Don't Stand Me Down" is finally released.
appear on BBC 1's "Wogan" show, performing "Listen To This"
October 1: Kevin Rowland is interviewed on BBC 2's 'Whistle Test' by Richard Skinner. The interview is followed by a rare broadcast of the video for "Knowledge of Beauty".
October 4: Kevin Rowland, Billy
Adams and Helen O'Hara appear on Channel 4's "Bliss" for a rather confrontational interview with Muriel Gray.
October 5: "Marguerita Time" and "Kathleen Mavourneen" recorded.
October 11: Dexys
perform "Listen To This" and "Kathleen Mavourneen" on Channel 4's 'The Tube'.
October 22: @ Rennes, Maison
De La Culture
October 23: @ Nantes, Le
October 25: @ Paris, Eldorado
October 26: @ Paris, Eldorado
October 27: @ Paris, Eldorado
November 1: @ Edinburgh,
November 2: @ Newcastle, City Hall
November 3: @ Manchester Apollo
November 4: @ Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
November 7: @ Southampton, Beaumont
November 8: @ Brighton, Centre;
"(An Extract From) This Is What She's Like" is released as a single.
November 9: @ Bristol, Colston Hall
November 11: @ London, Dominion Theatre
November 12: @ London, Dominion Theatre
November 13: @ London, Dominion Theatre
December: "This Is What She's Like"
re-recorded for proposed single release.
18: "Because Of You" recorded.
Dexys provide the theme tune and
incidental music for a new BBC comedy called "Brush Strokes". The song, originally titled "You're Alright With Me",
is also planned for future single release.
New Kevin Rowland composition "Walk Away" is demoed with a view to releasing it as the next Dexys single. However, following
the exposure gained from it's regular use in the hit series "Brush Strokes", "Because Of You" becomes the new single
by "Dexys Midnight Runners Featuring Kevin Rowland".
November 22: "Because of You (The Theme from Brush Strokes)" enters the British charts, eventually reaching number 13.
Later pressings of "Because Of You" carry the changed heading: "Kevin Rowland
Featuring Dexys Midnight Runners" indicating the beginnings of Rowland's move towards a solo career.
Rowland compositions "Young Man", "When You Walk Alone" and "Tonight" are demo-ed as Rowland begins work on what will
eventually become his first solo album.
August: Dexys Midnight Runners Circle newsletter announces that Kevin Rowland is in the United States recording the L.P.- revealing that "The new material is
different from previous Dexys Midnight Runners output... At present, progress is according to schedule and they are about
half-way through recording the album."
1988 February 20: N.M.E. reports
that Kevin Rowland will return with a new solo single and album in April.
May: "Walk Away" is released, reaching number 67 in the British charts.
June: "The Wanderer" is released, also reaching number 67 in the British charts.
July 15: Kevin Rowland appears
on Jonathan Ross' Channel 4 show, "The Last Resort", performing "The More I See You" accompanied by ex-Midnight Runners, Jimmy
Paterson and Mick Bolton.
August: "Tonight" is released, reaching number 81 in the British charts.
October: "Young Man" is released. It does not chart.
1990: Kevin Rowland co-writes the song "If You Keep On" for Adam
Ant's album "Manners and Physique".
Rowland and Jimmy Paterson who are both unemployed and on the dole meet up again and discuss plans to reform
August 25: "The
People" newspaper runs a cover story reporting that Kevin Rowland has discovered he has a 17 year old daughter named Althea-Jane.
Rowland supplies vocals and guitar for the Shut Up And Dance track, "Autobiography of A Crackhead"
Heavenly Records finance the recording of some new demos. The songs include early versions
of "Manhood" and "My Life In England" together with "You're The Rose" and "You Can Get Your Own Free".
demos are recorded including new versions of "Manhood" and "My Life In England" together with "If I Ever", "She's Got
A Giggle That Melts My Heart" and "Coming Home".
March 27: A Dexys line-up featuring Kevin Rowland, Jimmy Paterson and Billy Adams perform "Manhood" and "If I
Ever" on Jonathan Ross' Channel 4 show, "Saturday Zoo." The return is accompanied by interviews in the music
press detailing Dexys' plans for a new album and tour.
August: Q Magazine runs a four page feature
on Dexys' return. Kevin Rowland takes the opportunity to announce that the "Too-Rye-Ay" sound was actually inspired
by Kevin Archer.
Rowland, recovering from cocaine addiction and bankrupcy undergoes therapy. He also contemplates a career change to acting.
A TV documentary to mark the release of The Proclaimers' new album "Hit The Highway"
includes a brief interview with Kevin Rowland.
1995 April 15: The N.M.E. prints an article about Dexys' aborted 1993 return.
May 6: Kevin
Rowland sends a letter to the N.M.E. regarding their recent Dexys article which leads to a war of words between him and the paper, lasting several weeks.
1997 January: Kevin Rowland announces that he has signed to Creation and will be releasing
an album entitled "My Beauty". He also uses the press release to reiterate that Kevin Archer deserved credit for inspiring
Dexy's "Too-Rye-Ay" sound.
January 21: The Daily Mail reports the story, implying that "Come
On Eileen" was actually written by Kevin Archer.
February 1: Melody Maker prints a statement
from Kevin Rowland clarifying that it was the "Too-Rye-Ay"SOUND and not any particular songs that were inspired by Kevin
work on the new album progresses slowly, it emerges that Jimmy Paterson has left the project.
1999 June: A high-profile bill-board campaign and front cover feature in "Dazed & Confused"
magazine launch Kevin Rowland's new 'soft and sexy' look on an unsuspecting public.
August 28: Kevin Rowland does a 15 minute set at the
Reading Festival, performing "You'll Never Walk Alone", "Concrete And Clay" and "The Greatest Love Of All". His attire
and the use of exotic dancers during the set provoke a hostile reaction from some in the crowd and also from the
September: "Concrete And Clay" is released. It does not chart.
The Bruce Springsteen song
"Thunder Road" is pulled from "My Beauty" at the eleventh hour after permission to use different lyrics from
the original version is refused.
"My Beauty" is released. It does not chart.
2000 August: "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels (20th anniversary edition)" is released.
September: Kevin Rowland and Kevin Archer are reunited for an 8-page interview in Record Collector.
story is featured as part of a BBC documentary series, "Young Guns", including contributions from many of the original
October 21: Dexys feature
on a Channel 4 documentary "Top Ten of 1980" which includes a joint-interview with Kevin Archer and Kevin Rowland as well as comments from Big Jimmy Paterson
and Geno Washington.
2001 March: Rumours of a possible Dexys return again resurface. It is also announced that Kevin Rowland has supplied
the vocals for a forthcoming Space Raiders single, "Dreamland", described as being quite 'vaudeville' in style. The single,
scheduled for a summer release, never appears.
April: Kevin Rowland appears in a BBC Scotland documentary to mark the release of
The Proclaimers' new album, "Persevere", declaring his appreciation of their music.
August 23: Kevin Rowland appears at Filthy McNasty's pub in London as part of a promotion for Paul Gorman's book "The Look"
to which Kevin has contributed his recollections on Mod fashion and culture. He reads extracts from the book and performs
renditions of "This Guy's In Love With You" and "I Love You (Listen To This)".
November: Kevin Rowland appears at the Q Magazine awards ceremony, presenting Travis with their 'Best Band' award. Kevin's
'country gent' look complete with checked jacket and cap ensure that his picture appears in several news papers and celebrity magazines.
2003 March 7: Former Midnight Runners, Pete Williams, Steve Spooner and Mick Talbott are reunited with
fellow ex-Bureau members Archie Brown and Paul Taylor at a Young Bucks gig in Gateshead. Meanwhile, rumours
are once again circulating that Dexys plan to reform, and that Paul Gorman is writing a Dexys biography.
announce that they have recorded two new songs, intended for single release and will be releasing a new Greatest Hits
album later in the year which will be accompanied by a tour.
Mojo Magazine features a letter from Kevin Rowland to his fans:
"I just want to say thanks to the fans of mine who have supported me
through the good times and the bad for more than 20 years. I
do appreciate it. Thank you."
August 8: Kevin Rowland and Pete
Williams are interviewed by Mark Goodier for BBC Radio 2. The show also features the first public airing of the new
"Manhood" single and it is revealed during the interview that Mick Talbot will be part of the new Dexys line-up.
August 23: Kevin Rowland and Pete Williams
are interviewed by Mark Lamarr for BBC Radio 2.
September 17: The new line-up
of Midnight Runners including ex-Bureau trombonist Paul Taylor and "My Beauty" guitarist Neil Hubbard is revealed by MSN's
'Dexys Midnight Runners Group'! On the same day the band make their first public appearance when they record a performance
of "Manhood" for the BBC TV show TOTP2.
September 22: New 'Best of' compilation
"Let's Make This Precious" is released.
September 30: Kevin Rowland is interviewed by
Danny Baker for BBC Radio London.
October 4: A four-piece line-up of Midnight
Runners featuring Kevin Rowland, Pete Williams, Mick Talbot and Neil Hubbard play a short set at Newcastle's Baltic Centre,broadcast live on Radio 2. They perform "My Life In England" which is announced as the new single together with unplugged
style versions of "Because of You" and "Come On Eileen".
October 8: The TOTP2 performance of "Manhood"
October 21: @ Portsmouth, Guildhall
October 23: @ Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
October 25: @ Leeds, Grand Theatre
October 26: @ Basingstoke, The Anvil
October 28: @ Bristol, Colston Hall
October 29: @ Cambridge, Corn Exchange
October 31: @ Guildford, Civic
November 2: @ Aberdeen, Music Hall
November 3: @ Glasgow, Pavilion
November 4: @ Newcastle, Opera House
November 6: @ Manchester,
November 7: @ Liverpool,
Royal Court Theatre - recorded for DVD release.
November 8: @ Northampton, Derngate
November 10: @ London, Royal Festival Hall
November 11: @ Mitlon Keynes, Stables
November 12: @ Plymouth, Pavilions
November 14: @ Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre
November 15: @ Dublin, Vicar
November 16: @ Belfast,
November 18: @ Leicester, De Montford Hall
20: @ Malmo, KB
November 22: @ Oslo, Rockefeller
November 23: @ Stockholm, Cirkus
November 25: @ Goteborg, Tradgarn
December: Kevin Rowland selects ten of his
all-time favourite tracks for BBC Radio 2 feature "Tracks Of My Tears". The selections include two songs each by Van
Morrison and Bryan Ferry.
2004 January 24: Kevin Rowland takes part in a public interview at a theatre in Gothenburg organised in conjuction
with The Gothenburg Film Festival and Swedish radio.
January 27: Kevin Rowland attends
a signing session at a record store in Stockholm.
February 14: BBC Radio 2 broadcasts an hour-long documentary presented by comedian, Alexei Sayle entitled "Alexei
on Dexys" featuring interviews with Kevin Rowland and several ex-band members.
May 26: Kevin
Rowland makes a surprise guest appearance at a gig by Swedish artist Moneybrother at the Debaser club in Stockholm. He performs
the Moneybrother song “It’s Been Hurting All The Way With You, Joanna” as well as the Dexys classics "Tell
Me When My Light Turns Green", "This Is What She's Like" and "Come On Eileen".
May 31: "Punk In London '77" DVD released featuring rare footage of Kevin
Rowland in The Killjoys, along with many other punk acts including The Clash and The Jam.
June: "Come On England" (a
re-working of Dexys hit "Come On Eileen") is released as a 'Euro 2004' football anthem by a group called 4-4-2. It reaches
Number 2 in the UK singles chart.
A telephone interview with Kevin Rowland about the song is broadcast on Sky Sports News.
September 26: Kevin Rowland and Billy
Adams appear briefly on ITV show "It Shouldn't Happen To A Pop Star" discussing their experiences of 'over-obsessive fans'!
2005 March 12: Kevin Rowland performs at a reunion concert for art-rock band, Deaf School at The Magnet in Liverpool. He appears alongside Madness singer, Suggs on stage.
June 2: A short interview with Kevin Rowland, announcing that Dexys are 'back in the studio' and 'working
on a new album' is broadcast on the Ken Bruce show on BBC Radio 2.
4: New web-site, "dexys.org"is set up!
November 15: Kevin Rowland's scheduled
performance at a Gala Concert in Cardiff in aid of Kidney Research is cancelled at the last minute due to a family bereavement.
2006 January 20: Kevin
Rowland features as a guest reviewer on BBC 6Music new-release show "Round Table".
January 24: The Sun newspaper reports that Blur's Alex James is writing a song for the new Dexys album and
might perform with Dexys "next year".
January 26: Kevin Rowland features
in another brief interview on BBC Radio 2's Ken Bruce show talking about writing songs for the forthcoming Dexys album.
February 22/23: Kevin Rowland returns
to Sweden for more live performances at Stokholm's Debaser club.
February 24: Kevin Rowland performs
with Debaser club's house-band Club Killers in Lund, southern Sweden.
Whilst in Sweden, Kevin gives interviews to journalists Andres Lokko and Patrik Zander about his plans for the new Dexys album.
2007 January 19: Kevin Rowland DJ set @ Wolverhampton,
February: Kevin Rowland announces
via his MySpace site that future releases will be under the shortened name of "Dexys" (rather than "Dexys Midnight Runners")
February 14-16: Kevin Rowland stands in
as a guest DJ for three nights on BBC 6Music, playing a very eclectic mix of songs.
July 13: Kevin Rowland DJ set @ Birmingham, Hare & Hounds.
August 10: Kevin Rowland DJ set @ Dublin, Sugar Club.
August 25: Kevin Rowland appears as a guest on Mark Lamaar's
BBC2 radio show, discussing his involvement in a soon-to-be released Motown compilation.
September 3: "Too-Rye-Ay" 2CD "Deluxe Edition" released.
Motown "Made-to-Measure" compilation featuring track selections hand-picked by Kevin Rowland also released.
September 7-9: Kevin Rowland DJ set @ "Bestival",
Newport, Isle of Wight.
2008 January: Kevin Rowland gives a short interview to Uncut magazine about work on the new Dexys album.
September 5-7: Kevin
Rowland DJ set @ "Bestival", Newport, Isle of Wight.
November 1: Kevin Rowland performs a live
DJ set on BBC 6Music's "6 Mix" show.